Portland events, festivals, things to do – August 2018

August 2018
best events in Portland

Concerts on Main Street

August 1 - 29, 2018 (Wednesdays 5 to 7 p.m.)

0.2 mile SW

Hear local musicians play jazz, country, salsa, and R&B at Music on Main Street next to Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Free.

Indie roots music festival

August 2 - 5, 2018

17 miles SE

Pickathon offers a large lineup of diverse music (indie/roots, garage rock, folk, alternative country, bluegrass) on Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, with food vendors and camping. It also promotes ecology and recycling. No pets.

Crawfish festival

August 3 - 4, 2018

13 miles south

Tualatin Crawfish Festival has food, beer, wine, and music both days. Saturday it adds races, vendors, carnival games, eating contests, a kids’ zone, and fireworks at 10 p.m.

Dancers in the moonlight

August 3 - 12, 2018

11.7 miles south

See an illuminated outdoor performance “full of traditional and invented aerial apparatus, athletic and technical dance movement, and acrobatics” with live music at Art in the Dark at Mary S. Young Park in West Linn.

Japanese festival

August 4, 2018

3.5 miles SE

Obonfest commemorates ancestors with Obon dance, lanterns, children’s booths, Japanese food, beer, and sake at Oregon Buddhist Temple. Free entry.

Fremont Fest

August 4, 2018

4.5 miles NE

Fremont Street is closed from 42nd to 50th for Fremont Fest, including a 10 a.m. parade of pets and kids on bikes, music stages, a kids’ zone, and 125 vendors. Free.

Evening run

August 4, 2018

5.2 miles south

Sunset on Springwater is a family-friendly 10K and half marathon that begin and end at Sellwood Riverfront Park, including a post-race barbecue with food, live music, games, and a beverage garden.

Music & food festival

August 4, 2018

20 miles east

Soulful Giving Blanket Concert has live music, gourmet food, Oregon wine & beer, and vendors on 15 acres of meadows & forest near the Sandy River for age 21+.

Minerals festival

August 4 - 5, 2018

16 miles NW

Rice Northwest Museum Summer Festival includes educational games, gold panning, geode cutting, jewelry & fossil vendors, exhibits, live music, and food in Hillsboro.

Steam-engine festival

August 4 - 5, 2018 (begins July 28)

39 miles south

Watch a parade of vintage tractors, trucks, and automobiles at 1:30 p.m. each day; take train and trolley rides; see steam saw milling, tractor pulling, and machinery demos; and visit a blacksmith, country store, and flea market during Steam-Up in Brooks.

Concerts in the square

August 7 - 28, 2018 (Tuesdays)

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Hear concerts at the popular Noon Tunes Summer Concert Series in Pioneer Courthouse Square on Tuesdays. Free.

Vancouver Brewfest

August 10 - 12, 2018

9 miles north

Vancouver Brewfest has locally brewed beer, wine, cider, food, live music, and craft vendors at Esther Short Park for age 21+. Repeats in March.

Wizard of Oz convention

August 10 - 12, 2018

11.4 miles NE

Celebrating the fictional Land of Oz, OzCon includes panel discussions, vendors, costumes, treasure hunts, and a re-creation of the 1933 “Wizard of Oz” radio program at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel.

Garlic festival

August 10 - 12, 2018

19 miles NW

Elephant Garlic Festival has garlic-flavored foods, arts & crafts, and live music in North Plains. No pets. Free.

Spiritual music festival

August 10 - 13, 2018 (uncertain)

137 miles SW

Beloved Festival is an “open-air sacred art and music festival” with 67 acts, an all-night Saturday dance, a marketplace, and a yoga pavilion in Tidewater.

Alberta Street Fair

August 11, 2018

4 miles NE

Alberta Street Fair focuses on local products, artists, crafts, and foods. It includes an 11 a.m. kids’ parade, a kids’ corner, two beer gardens, and three stages of entertainment.

Doll and teddy bear show

August 11, 2018

11 miles SE

Shop for dolls, bears, and miniatures at Crossroads Doll & Teddy Bear Show at Monarch Hotel in Clackamas. Repeats in Jan.

Fossil festival

August 11, 2018

16 miles NW

Learn about fossils at Northwest Fossil Fest, which features lectures, displays, kids’ activities, and entry to Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks & Minerals. Free.

Bike or walk the bridges

August 12, 2018

Portland locations

Bridge Pedal is a 7.5-mile walk or a 3 to 30 mile ride with stunning views from atop Portland bridges. Register early, and bring a helmet. No dogs or skates.

India Festival

August 12, 2018

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Experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of India at India Festival, with performances, food, and vendors in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free entry.

Country music festival

August 16 - 19, 2018

90 miles south

Willamette Country Music Festival features big-name country music singers in the open air in Brownsville.

Tasting in Salem

August 17, 2018

46 miles south

Pairings offers fine food, wine, micro-brews, spirits, and music in the gardens of the Salem fairgrounds. Includes admission to the fair.

Homeowners’ show

August 17 - 19, 2018

1.5 miles NE

Meet vendors of home products and services, see exhibits, and drink beer at Portland Renovation and Landscaping Show in Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Barbecue and tractor pull

August 17 - 19, 2018

27 miles NW

Banks Bar-B-Que Truck and Tractor Pull has tractor & truck pulls, BBQ sandwiches, a beer garden, a parade (Sunday at 11 a.m.), and a combine demolition derby in Banks. No pets.

Adult soapbox derby

August 18, 2018

5 miles east

Watch adults in bizarre gravity-powered vehicles race downhill at Mt. Tabor City Park to win awards at the annual PDX Adult Soap Box Derby. No dogs. Free.

Bigfoot festival

August 18, 2018

17.3 miles east

The inaugural Oregon Bigfoot Festival promises Bigfoot exhibits, special presentations, guest speakers, food carts, merchandise vendors, and carnival-style games at Glenn Otto Park in Troutdale. No pets. Donation.

Wine tasting in Forest Grove

August 18, 2018 (4 to 9 p.m.)

27 miles west

Forest Grove UnCorked features local wineries, artisan distilleries, micro-breweries, fine arts, and live music on Main Street in Forest Grove for age 21+.

Car & boat show

August 18 - 19, 2018

8 miles south

Collector Car & Classic Boat Show is spread over three locations in Lake Oswego. Saturday has boats, Sunday has boats and cars. Free.

Wine tasting

August 19, 2018

6 miles SW

Taste 35 Northwest wines paired with sweet and savory bites at Vine & Dine in Multnomah Village.

People in the street

August 19, 2018

Located 8.1 miles east

Walk, bike, or roller-skate on 6.4 miles of streets during Outer Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways when most cars are banned. Nearby parks offer activities and music. Free.

Italian festival

August 23 - 25, 2018

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Festa Italiana offers live music, dancing, Italian food, a wine and beer garden, children’s activities, and vendors in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free entry.

Relay to the Pacific Ocean

August 24 - 25, 2018

Located 7 or 62 miles SE

Hood to Coast Relay is a 198-mile relay of 12,000 runners from Mt. Hood’s Timberline Lodge. Portland to Coast Walk Relay is a 129-mile relay of 4,000 walkers from Portland. Both end at an ocean party.

Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival

August 24 - 26, 2018

9 miles north

Drink wine, listen to jazz, and shop from arts and crafts booths at Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival [sound] at Esther Short Park in Vancouver, WA.

Fairy festival

August 24 - 26, 2018

25 miles NW

Billed as the world’s largest faerie festival, Faerieworlds has costumed faeries, entertainment, music, a food court, and 150 vendors of art, literature, and crafts at Horning’s Hideout in North Plains.

Farm food festival

August 24 - 26, 2018

30 miles SW

Enjoy meals, tours, outings, and classes that feature local farms, chefs, and wineries during the highly acclaimed Bounty of Yamhill County.

Oregon State Fair

August 24 - Sept. 3, 2018

49 miles south

See farm animals and craft displays, eat fair food, drink local beer and wine, take carnival rides, and be entertained at the Oregon State Fair in Salem.

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Dahlia Festival

August 25 - 27 and Sept. 1 - 3, 2018

26 miles south

View 400 floral arrangements of dahlias indoors, 30 acres of dahlias outdoors, and dahlia growing and arranging demonstrations at the Dahlia Festival at Swan Island Dahlias in Canby. Free.

Hawthorne Street Fair

August 26, 2018

2.5 miles east

Hawthorne Street Fair has vendors, family activities, beer gardens, and live music on the sidewalks of SE Hawthorne Boulevard (from 31st to 41st). Free.

Pirate festival

August 31 - Sept. 2, 2018

81 miles south

Tortuga Pirate Festival offers outrageous activities and games for adults in pirate attire at Cheadle Lake Park in Lebanon.

Church festival

August 2018 (undated)

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Portland area churches offer singing and music, vendors, food, and family activities at International Praise Festival in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free.

Concerts in the Park

August 2018 (undated)

Portland parks

Bring a blanket or chairs to hear a variety of Concerts in the Park. Free.

Movies in the Park

August 2018 (undated)

Portland parks

Movies in the Park begin with entertainment at 6:30 followed by movies at dusk. Bring coats. Free.

Movies in the square

August 2018 (undated)

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Flicks on the Bricks shows films at Pioneer Courthouse Square at dusk, preceded by music at 7 p.m. You are welcome to bring low-back chairs. Free.

Movies on a rooftop

August 2018 (undated)

0.5 miles NW

See films on the rooftop of Hotel deLuxe during Top Down: Rooftop Cinema, with local bands at 8 p.m., cocktails, beer, barbecue, and films at dusk. No pets.


August 2018 (undated)

0.5 miles east

MusicfestNW is a music festival with 18 acts and food vendors at Tom McCall Waterfront Park for age 21+.

Cocktails at the market

August 2018 (undated)

0.6 miles NE

Unwind promises “cocktails, food, and music” at Skidmore Fountain for age 21+.

Distillery tasting

August 2018 (undated)

0.7 miles NE

Meet the makers of locally crafted spirits and buy cocktails or bottles at Spiritsfest in Ankeny Plaza (2 SW Naito Parkway) for age 21+. Free admission.

Iranian festival

August 2018 (undated)

0.7 miles south

Portland Iranian Festival has live music, dance, Iranian food, a fashion show, traditional arts and crafts, calligraphy, carpets, and books at PSU Park Blocks (1914 SW Park Avenue). Free.

Hot Sauce Expo

August 2018 (undated)

1.2 miles SE

Portland Hot Sauce Expo has hot & spicy food vendors, craft beer, eating contests, and a Chihuahua beauty contest Sunday at 2 p.m. in OMSI bridge parking lot.

Beer tasting

August 2018 (undated)

1.5 miles east

A ticket to Total Brewclipse PDX (named after the total solar eclipse this month) gets you unlimited beer tasting, food trucks, live music, fortune-telling, space-gazing, and a dance party at The Redd for age 21+.

Fruity beer

August 2018 (undated)

2.6 miles north

The first Portland Radler Fest promises 20 varieties of beer and cider mixed with fruit soda, live music, street tents, and food specials at StormBreaker Brewing.

Zoo concerts

August 2018 (undated)

3 miles west

Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts feature world-class performers, and your ticket includes a same-day zoo pass.

Wine tasting in Multnomah

August 2018 (undated)

6.3 miles SW

Multnomah Village Vine & Dine promises “35 superb NW wine and food stars” offering wine tastings paired with sweet and savory bites in the lower parking lot at Multnomah Village.

Taco festival

August 2018 (undated)

7 miles north

The first Portland Taco Festival promises a wide variety of tacos, tequila tasting, live music, Lucha Libre wrestling, vendors, and racing chihuahuas at Portland Meadows. Free for children age 12 and younger.

Lents Street Fair

August 2018 (undated)

7.3 miles SE

Lents Founders Fair has live music, food, craft vendors, a kids’ area, a chicken beauty pageant, and the Belmont Goats in the SW corner of Lents Park, plus a walk on closed neighborhood streets. Free.

Bike and beer fest

August 2018 (undated)

7.8 miles NW

Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show features builders of bike frames & parts, bike films & photos, brewers, food vendors, and live music at Cathedral Park Place.

Night market in Beaverton

August 2018 (undated)

8.2 miles SW

Beaverton Night Market promises a family-friendly event with ethnic food and crafts, plus performers from around the world at The Round. Free.

Farm festival

August 2018 (undated)

21 miles north

The Garlic & Tomato Festival has live bluegrass music, tomato and garlic tasting, fruits and vegetables for sale, craft and art vendors, and kids’ activities at Northwest Organic Farms in Ridgefield, WA. Free.

Air and vehicle show

August 2018 (undated)

23 miles NW

See airplanes, cars, motorcycles, and military vehicles at Wings & Wheels, which includes a half marathon, a street dance, music, food vendors, a beer garden, and kids’ activities at Scappoose Industrial Airpark.

Jazz in a vineyard

August 2018 (undated)

23.3 miles south

Hear four local artists perform in the country, with wine, beer, and food for sale at Aurora Colony Vineyards Jazz Festival in Aurora.

Hillsboro farm dinner

August 2018 (undated)

24 miles SW

The $95 Farm Fresh dinner features locally grown food, wine, and live music in Hillsboro for age 21+.

Miniature air show

August 2018 (undated)

27.2 miles west

Watch drones, aerobatic planes, helicopters, warbirds, and even jets perform at the Radio-Controlled (RC) Air Show, with a kids’ candy drop in Forest Grove.

Green living fair

August 2018 (undated)

68 miles south

Learn about sustainable lifestyles, renewable energy, organic gardening, small-scale farming, and green construction at Mother Earth News Fair in Albany.